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Maria's Run

Show that the motion of objects can be described by position, direction of motion, and speed.

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Portions of this activity require a Vernier Go!Motion sensor, an inexpensive device that plugs into your USB port. To use the sensor computers must have Java installed. Otherwise, the activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 5 and above), Safari (versions 4 and above), Firefox (version 3.6.10 and above), and Internet Explorer (version 7, 8, or higher; note that version 6 or below does not work).

Learn the fundamentals of position-time graphs using a motion detector to understand how forward, backward, fast, and slow motions look on a graph. Then answer questions about a graph showing Maria’s position as she runs on a track. Get hints as you interact with the graph. Maria’s Run is the first of five SmartGraphs activities designed for a typical physical science unit of study on the motion of objects. (The other four are: Motion Toward and Away; How Fast Am I Moving?; Describing Velocity; and, Was Galileo Right?)

» Lesson Plan and Student Assessment documents are also available.

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

2. The Nature of Mathematics

2A. Patterns and Relationships
  • 2A/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that mathematical ideas can be represented concretely, graphically, or symbolically.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
  • 9B/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that tables and graphs can show how values of one quantity are related to values of another.
  • 9B/M3*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that graphs can show a variety of possible relationships between two variables. As one variable increases uniformly, the other may do one of the following: increase or decrease steadily, increase or decrease faster and faster, get closer and closer to some limiting value, reach some intermediate maximum or minimum, alternately increase and decrease, increase or decrease in steps, or do something different from any of these.
9C. Shapes
  • 9C/M4*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the graphic display of numbers may help to show patterns such as trends, varying rates of change, gaps, or clusters that are useful when making predictions about the phenomena being graphed.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/M4** (BSL). By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.

12. Habits of Mind

12D. Communication Skills
  • 12D/E7**. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to write a clear and accurate description of a real-world object or event.
  • 12D/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should be able to read simple tables and graphs produced by others and describe in words what they show.

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="stem-resources/marias-run">The Concord Consortium. Maria's Run. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2012, January 17.</a>

AIP
Maria's Run (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, January 17), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/marias-run).

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Maria's Run (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, January 17), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/marias-run).

APA
Maria's Run. (2012, January 17). Retrieved 2014, October 21, from The Concord Consortium: http://concord.org/stem-resources/marias-run

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

Requirements

Portions of this activity require a Vernier Go!Motion sensor, an inexpensive device that plugs into your USB port. To use the sensor computers must have Java installed. Otherwise, the activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 5 and above), Safari (versions 4 and above), Firefox (version 3.6.10 and above), and Internet Explorer (version 7, 8, or higher; note that version 6 or below does not work).

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Grade Level
Middle School
Subject
Mathematics, Physics
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation, Probeware
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